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HENRY SIPPLE - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 07/13/1990 - HFSID 191808

The Soldier pens this letter in response to an admirer sharing with him some anecdotes of his adventures and hoping they are useful for him Autograph Letter Signed: “Henry Sipple” in black ink. 6¾x10. Dated: July 13, 1990. Place: Rehobot Road, PE.

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HENRY SIPPLE

The Soldier pens this letter in response to an admirer sharing with him some anecdotes of his adventures and hoping they are useful for him
Autograph Letter Signed: “Henry Sipple” in black ink. 6¾x10. Dated: July 13, 1990. Place: Rehobot Road, PE. In full:Dear Mr. Stanhope: I can answer your questions with two in5-boat incidents- which remain more or less vivid because I've enjoyed telling them every now and then over the years. In late years, 25 Exec+Nar. of 24 old 5-boat operating from Dutch Harbor, I 'guided' our new skipper on his shallow water penetration of a dip-hold anchorage [ilegible] Peninsula. Our target was 24 anchored merchant men + the clear noon-time sky was free of aircraft, + our torpedos did their job beautifully. However, my left rudder U-turn caused us to hit an undetected sand bar, and we involuntarily surfaced within a mile of our sinking target. Much perspiration, but no counter-attack, and we slowly slid over the sand and down again, hastening back out to deep water. Lucky day! In the spring of 44, again 25 Exel+Nar and with a new skipper, but this time on a deep-diver operating in the Calebes sea, we sank a lap ex-seaplane tender + were severely counter-attacked by 4 escorts who dropped over 100 depth charges. Some of those charges forced us well below our test depth, which is when I was able to reassure my skipper (newly detached from a thinner-skinned submarine) that this beat had already been to such depths before. It is sigh of relief was our first indication of how worried he had been, so immediately knew that he was actually braver than we 'plank-owners'. These incidents were aboard S-31.  5th W.P. and CABRILLA's 4thWP. I wish you success in whatever it is that you are compiling. Yours, Henry Sipple.Henry Sipple was a soldier. Signer merits for further research. Lightly toned. Normal mailing folds. Otherwise, fine condition.

 

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